Robert Thacker vs. Bobby Fischer

Puzzle from a simul, Thacker vs Robert Fischer, USA, 1957 – a beautiful example of underpromotion.

Black to move and mate in 2.

Roll over to see the solution: ...1.dxe1=N 2.Kg1 Qg2#

FEN: 2r2r2/6kp/3p4/3P4/4Pp2/5P1P/PP1pq1P1/4R2K b - - 0 1

About the players

Bobby FischerRobert James "Bobby" Fischer (1943-2008) was an American chess Grandmaster and World Chess Champion. He became the US Chess Champion at 14, and at 15 he became the youngest Grandmaster. He also made many contributions to chess, including the modified timing system that adds a bonus after each move.

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11 Responses

  1. Ramis
    Ramis at

    1. Rc8-c1 Re1-g1
    2. d2-d1=Q Rg1xd1
    3. Rc1xd1 Kh1-h2
    4. Qe2-f1 b2-b4
    5. Qf1-h1#

    Thus?

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  2. Ramis
    Ramis at

    1. d2xe1=N Kh1-g1
    2. Qe2xg2
    Riiiiiiight

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    1. henrique
      henrique at

      This nor the Fischer knew. Look at his game so you can see what he did.

      Reply
  3. adeolunusi
    adeolunusi at

    Qe2xe1# Kh1-h2
    d2-d1=Q b2-b4
    Qe1-g1++

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  4. LOL
    LOL at

    boris mad face

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  5. johnp24
    johnp24 at

    1. d2xe1=N Kh1-g1
    2. Qe2xg2

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  6. Ehjay
    Ehjay at

    1.Qe1
    2. Kh2
    3.Qg3
    4.Re1

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    1. Ehjay
      Ehjay at

      **4.**Rc1

      Reply
  7. Fareez
    Fareez at

    1…dxe1=N 2. Kg1 Qxg2#

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  8. pro chess player
    pro chess player at

    1. d2xe1=N
    2. Kh1-g1 Qe2xg2#
    but this is best way

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  9. Boris
    Boris at

                Rc8-c1
     2. Re1xc1  d2xc1=Q+
     3. Kh1-h2  Qe2-f1
     4. b2-b4   Qf1-h1#
    took a bit more moves

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